Lake Tahoe Skiing and Ski Resorts

(Lake Tahoe, California - CA, USA)

Lake Tahoe Gondola viewDuring the snowy winter months, the scenery around Lake Tahoe takes on a completely different character. The ski resorts open their doors to hordes of keen skiers and snowboarders, who come here from enjoy the endless powdery slopes, where snowmobile trekking and even dog sledding has also become popular. The snowy weather generally arrives at Lake Tahoe in the middle of November, with the ski resorts tending to switch on their lifts soon after, remaining open until the snow begins to melt towards the end of April.

On the north / northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, the main ski resorts are conveniently close to Tahoe City and include the Alpine Meadows, the Homewood Mountain Resort, the Northstar Tahoe / Truckee Resort and the highly acclaimed Squaw Valley USA. Of note, the Squaw Valley USA currently ranks as one of California's premier ski resorts and is nothing short of a winter paradise, with an Olympic Ice Pavilion boasting views across Lake Tahoe itself.

Winter picture taken at the Heavenly Ski resortOn the south shore, a handful of leading ski resorts really have gained quite a reputation for themselves in recent years, becoming some of the lake's most renowned. These include the Sierra at Tahoe Resort at Twin Bridges, the Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the legendary Heavenly Mountain Resort, which lies next to South Lake Tahoe, on the corner of Saddle Road and Wildwood Road, close to the state line and regularly hosting many World Cup ski races.

On the northeasterly Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, top skiing resorts include both the Diamond Peak and the Incline Village, and also Mount Rose, which is located next to Reno and is one of the highest ski resorts in the Tahoe Basin. Those heading in an easterly directly from the San Francisco Bay area will encounter a number of resorts around Highway US-80 and the Donner Pass, such as the Boreal Mountain Resort in Soda Springs. Skiers and snowboarders alike will find the following resorts of particular interest.

Picture of seasonal skiers

Alpine Meadows

Address: 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Olympic Valley, US-96146, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 583 4232

Back Country

Address: 255 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, US-96145, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 581 5861

Boreal Mountain Resort

Address: 19455 Boreal Ridge Road, Soda Springs, US-95724, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 426 3666

Diamond Peak

Address: 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, US-89451, Nevada NV, USA
Tel: +1 775 832 1177

Donner Ski Ranch

Address: 19320 Donner Pass, Norden, US-95724, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 426 3635

Image of winter skier zooming down the slopes

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Address: Corner of Saddle Road / Wildwood Road, South Lake Tahoe, US-96150, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 775 586 7000

Homewood Mountain Resort

Address: 5145 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, US-96141, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 525 2992

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Address: 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, US-95646, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 209 258 6000

Mount Rose Ski Tahoe

Address: 22222 Mount Rose Highway, Reno, US-89511, Nevada NV, USA
Tel: +1 775 849 0704

Northstar Tahoe

Address: 100 Northstar Drive, Truckee, US-96161, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 562 1010

Sierra at Tahoe

Address: 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, US-95735, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 659 7453

Soda Springs Winter Resort

Address: Interstate I-80, Truckee, US-96160, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 426 3901

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area

Address: Highway US-50 / State Highway US-28, Glenbrook, US-89413, Nevada NV, USA
Tel: +1 775 749 5349

Squaw Valley USA

Address: 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, US-96146, California CA, USA
Tel: +1 530 583 6955